On June, 23, we had the great pleasure to welcome Olga Petrova from the Max Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden. She gave a lecture on Magnetic monopoles in quantum spin ice.
We are very happy to have Dr. Kei Yamamoto from Kobe University as a visiting Postdoc. Kei has a cosmology and general relativity background and is currently working on his first project in the area of the spin Hall Effect. At the INSPIRE Group, Kei wants to intensify his research about condensed matter physics and antiferromagnets in particular. He is looking forward to making use of his mathematical skills in this new field at the interface between physics and mathematics.
Dr. Artem Abanov from Texas A&M University will be supporting our group with his research on Spintronics and strongly correlated systems. Following a number of collaborations with Jairo Sinova and other current and former members of the Sinova Group like Shayan Hemmatiyan, Yi Liu and Oleg Tretiakov as well as a shorter visit last summer, Artem will now come for a longer visit and work with us on site in Mainz.
We thank Casper Drukier from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt for visiting us and giving a lecture on Non-analytic corrections in Fermi liquids and multi-channel scattering.
From May 22 to 26, the SPICE Workshop on Computational Quantum Magnetism took place. The who is who of researchers in the field met in the scenic setting of Schloß Waldthausen which lies in Lennebergwald, a natural reserve in immediate vicinity to Mainz. 64 participants from 42 affiliations in 19 countries came together to spent five days working on the most advanced computational techniques to study complex magnetic materials to examine the latest developments and challenges. The intensive program covering a wide range of aspects connected to Computational Quantum Magnetism incorporated various scientific talks and tutorials, as well as a poster session with numerous contributions from the students.
Yesterday, Prof. Dr. Georg Krausch, the president of Johannes Gutenberg-Universität and Prof. Dr. Jairo Sinova, director of SPICE, inaugurated the Spin Phenomena Interdisciplinary Center at the festive opening ceremony in the tradition-steeped hall of Atrium Maximum. After more than a year of getting settled and building up the Center, Sinova and his team now officially start tackling their mission. In his speech, Sinova defined that mission as the advancement of spin related materials science by globally connecting nature, cultures and people.
From February 26-28, Jairo Sinova took part in the Humboldt-Kolloquium Research Excellence in a Globalised World - Experiences and Challenges from a Brasilian-German Perspective in Sao Paulo. He delivered the keynote lecture Spintronics Research à la Humboldt: globally connecting nature, cultures, and people. In his lecture he outlined the interdisciplinarity of Spintronics research, its connection to the Humboldt spirit of doing research, and its connection to the new center SPICE, that he is starting here in Mainz with the help of his Humboldt Foundation Professorship award and the support of JGU.
The Humboldt-Kolloquium gathered many former and future Humboldtians, dignitaries from many other German agencies present in Latin America, such as the DAAD (Dr. Martina Schulze), DFG (Der. Dietrich Halm), and the Max Planck Society (Dr. Andreas Trepte), as well as the German ambassador in Brazil (Dirk Brengelmann), the president of CAPES (Dr. Jorge Almeida Guimaraes), the president of the Universität of Bayreuth (Prof. Dr. Stefan Leibe), the director of the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut Berlin (Dr. Barbara Göbel), and a member of the German Bundestag (Dr. Gesine Lötzsch).
We are very happy to have Professors Ora Entin-Wohlman and Amnon Aharony from Tel Aviv University/Ben Gurion University as our guests. Prof. Entin-Wohlman gave a talk on “Thermoelecticity in nano-junctions” and Prof. Aharony shared his knowledge about "how to write and read quantum information on mobile qubits."